Seth and I woke up early this morning for a trip to 7 de Agosto, our favorite Barrios Unidos marketplace. After stopping at the Café de la Montaña stall for a couple of tintos, we bought our more obscure groceries for the week—quinoa, sausage, sweet potatoes, zapotes, and cherimoyas. (You can expect blog entries on the fruits in the near future.)
We then sat down to share an ensalada de frutas (fruit salad), one of Colombia’s strangest yet most delicious creations. Ours consisted of a base of papaya, pineapple, and banana; a scoop of ice cream; slices of apple, strawberry, and kiwi; a spoonful of mora syrup, and the kicker—a generous sprinkle of grated queso fresco. Depending on how much you are willing to pay and how much are willing to eat, most fruterías are happy to add more exotic fruits to your bowl, such as pitahaya (dragonfruit) or tuna (prickly pear). Garnished with a sizable chunk of waffle cone, the ensalada de frutas is a snack of various textures and flavors—chewy, creamy, and crunchy; sweet, sour, and salty. It is not only uniquely tasty but also a healthier alternative to a caloriffic ice cream sundae. Sold!